How To Dress Up Your Pants

In the summertime, you throw on a dress and you are good to go. Well, we think that mantra should be carried into every season. All you have to do is add a pair of pants. Seriously, it’s that simple. And yes, you can totally pull it off. The silhouette plays a starring role for Resort 2017 too, with designers like Apiece Apart, Suno and Tibi showcasing the look. Wearing dresses over pants is not only just a fresh styling trick, the pairing is totally practical. Pants keep your legs warm – even warmer than those tights that are always catching runs and getting holes in the toes. They’re avoiding tights for as long as possible over on Man Repeller, and taking note from the dress-over-pants queen herself, we’ve learned that it pays to be adventurous while keeping things comfortable. We’ve pulled together some of our favortie dress and pants pairings so get creative, take your pick and put down the tights.

 

THE DRESSES

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BLACK CRANE PAINTER DRESS

With generous cocoon proportions and an above the knee length, this dress is pretty much perfect for layering over pants. It’s one of those styles that will work with everything, but we especially love this with a wide leg pant like these. Plus, who doesn’t love a raw edge?

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DEVLYN VAN LOON SWEATER DRESS

This dress is a step up from your usual sweatshirt but still has that comfy feel. The rolled sleeves and baseball hem keep it casual, so pair it with your fave jeans. Try these B Sides patchwork denim for an all around easygoing look.

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VOZ SILK TWO-PANEL DRESS

This dress is perfect for when you feel a little fancy. The soft, billowy material and slit at the front makes it easy to pair with almost any pants, but we’ll be pulling these ones on for a night out. We love how the long length will keep your covered while the high slit shows off your pants.

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WOLCOTT : TAKEMOTO HAMLET DRESS

We can’t get enough of this classic t-shirt dress. It’s a great basic to throw on with any pair of pants, just an elevated take on your usual t-shirt and jeans. The side slit would be perfect for showing off the patchwork on these jeans. Plus, the subtle button detail adds a little extra something to an outfit.

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CARON CALLAHAN MARIA SHIRT DRESS

We’re loving this feminine take on the classic button-up shirt. It’s playful, flattering and has endless styling options. You could even wear it to the office, guys! Keep it buttoned up and pair it with the Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s perfectly draped pant for a complete contemporary look.

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A case for the crisp white cotton dress

Back in the day, a cotton poplin white dress was all kinds of prim and proper. The fact that you could not spill even a drop of salad dressing on your lap made it seem almost out of reach. But Tide stick in hand and an appreciation of a few wrinkles has changed everything. Plus, the easy and relaxed styles of late make it an easy choice for spring and summer. Three years ago the LWD (little white dress) was hailed as the next LBD. It was seen on the runways of Céline, Lanvin, YSL and even Givenchy, the label responsible for the original LBD as worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Soon white dresses were all over the celebrity circuit and they haven’t lost momentum since. So here’s what’s new: Spring 2015 designers like Rachel Comey, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Opening Ceremony and others focused on that crisp white shirting fabric for a whole variety of styles that are anything but prim. We’re big fans of the shirt dress, the A-line shift, the drop peplum and long dresses. Just add accessories like shiny black loafers or a leather vest to make it your own.